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Entry from December 08, 2015
Gingerbread House (Bay Ridge, Brooklyn)

The “Gingerbread House” (also called the “Hansel and Gretel Cottage” or “House of the Seven Dwarfs"), at 8220 Narrows Avenue and 83rd Street in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, attracted attention in 2013 and 2015 when it was put up for sale at a price of over $10 million. In December 2015, the real estate website Zillow announced that this was its favorite unique home story of 2015.

The “Gingerbread House” is a six-bedroom, 3.5 bathroom home that was built in 1917 by Howard Jones and architect James Sarsfield Kennedy.

A “Pumpkin House” exists in Hudson Heights, Manhattan.


Google Books
Bay Ridge
By Peter Scarpa and Lawrence Stelter
Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing
2009
Pg. 11:
This house is often referred to as the “gingerbread house.” It is sometimes called the “Hansel and Gretel cottage” or the “house of the seven dwarfs” by local children. It was built in 1916 at the corner of Eighty-third Street and Narrows Avenue in the style of a country cottage with extensive lawns and gardens.

Daily News (New York, NY)
Own a piece of the Brooklyn storybook with this 1917 Bay Ridge charmer
The earthy, stone Arts and Crafts-style house looks like something out of the Dark Ages but with touches of high-end elegance sure to make its next owners feel at home.

BY JASON SHEFTELL Thursday, May 2, 2013, 6:52 PM
(...)
The thick uncut boulder walls, cast-iron doorknobs, stained-glass window, beamed ceilings, carved-wood molding, stone fireplace and simulated thatched roof make the 96-year-old mansion look like a set from “The Hobbit.”

And generations of preservation have kept it looking like it did when it was built in 1917.

Designed by architect James Sarsfield Kennedy, the home was commissioned by shipping magnate Howard E. Jones. Kennedy designed the Picnic House in Prospect Park and the boathouse for the Crescent Club, an athletic facility now part of Fort Hamilton High School, across the street.
(Photo caption—ed..)
The entry gate to this 1917 uncut stone masterpiece in Bay Ridge, known in the neighborhood as ‘Gingerbread House’ at 8200 Narrows Ave.

Curbed NY
NYC’s Insanely Adorable Gingerbread House Returns for $10.5M
Wednesday, May 14, 2014, by Hana R. Alberts
Buyers like Hansel and Gretel, Snow White, Christmas elves, and other characters from the Brothers Grimm/Disney canon do not have real money to buy cottages, which is probably why Bay Ridge’s Gingerbread House just returned to market with a new broker, a new slew of photos, and a slightly lower price: $10,500,000. Built in the Arts & Crafts style by James Sarsfield Kennedy, the six-bedroom, 3.5 bathroom home with a thatched(ish) roof takes up an entire block (the size of 10 townhouses, or so sayeth the brokerbabble). But the real charm—and probably value—lies in the stone facade, the stained glass, the coffered ceilings and beautiful moldings, the bay windows, and the patios and outdoor areas sized for a romp with more than seven dwarves.

The expensive hidey hole was originally built in 1917 and has things like a chauffeur’s room and a “fountain room.”

Vimeo
The Gingerbread House : 8220 Narrows Avenue Brooklyn, NY
from Kind Motion Pictures PLUS August 29, 2015 / via Final Cut Pro
Once upon a time...when the now trendy Bay Ridge with its magnificent bay views of Manhattan and Verrazano Bridge was “an oceanfront getaway for the city’s rich and famous”, a gifted architect was commissioned to build what the Daily News would call “the most magnificent residence in all of New York City” or, more commonly, the legendary “Gingerbread House”. This spellbinding 5,746 SF one-of-a-kind home is nestled on a PRIVATE 20,000 SF lot (think 10 townhouses!) for an enchanting coastal retreat JUST 20 MIN. TO DOWNTOWN MANHATTAN!

Zillow
Brooklyn’s ‘Gingerbread House’ Among Year’s Favorite Listings
It’s rare to see a home of this style in the U.S., especially so close to lower Manhattan.

BY CATHERINE SHERMAN ON 8 DEC 2015
UPDATE: This slice of Brooklyn real estate whimsy won readers’ hearts as the favorite unique home story of 2015. It’s been on and off the market for years, including at times as a rental, and is currently listed for $10.999 million. New agent Marion Fiore of Douglas Elliman offers a new set of photos for a colorful peek into the storybook dwelling.

ORIGINAL POST 1/2/15: Goldilocks and Gretel may have to battle it out over this home. Nicknamed the “Gingerbread House,” the Arts and Crafts-style cottage is now listed to rent for $26,000 per month or purchase for $10.5 million.

According to the Daily News, it’s “the most magnificent residence in all of New York City.” Corcoran listing agent Vicki Negron couldn’t agree more.

“When you drive up to the house, your whole demeanor changes,” she said.

Howard Jones, a shipping merchant, commissioned architect James Sarsfield Kennedy to build the home in the Arts and Crafts style in 1917. Sitting on 20,000 square feet of prime Brooklyn property, the lot is the size of a city park — or 10 townhomes combined. The interior is also spacious, measuring just under 6,000 square feet with 6 bedrooms and 3.5 baths.

Today
December 9, 2015
It’s ‘magical’! Brooklyn’s famous ‘Gingerbread House’ is for sale
Catherine Sherman
Zillow
This slice of Brooklyn real estate whimsy won readers’ hearts as Zillow’s favorite unique home story of 2015. It’s been on and off the market for years, including at times as a rental, and is currently listed for $10.999 million. New agent Marion Fiore of Douglas Elliman offered a new set of photos for a colorful peek into the storybook dwelling.

Brooklyn’s gingerbread house is on the market for over $10 million.

Goldilocks and Gretel may have to battle it out over this home, nicknamed the “Gingerbread House.”

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityBuildings/Housing/Parks • Tuesday, December 08, 2015 • Permalink